This is the Wacom CintiqCompanion Hybrid. It is as its name suggests. It is a Wacom drawing tablet as well as a regular touchscreen Tablet PC with Android as its operating system. Wacom does have a Windows 8 version as well, known as just the Cintiq Companion, but for me, Android is the optimal choice. Granted, Photoshop will work on the Windows 8 version, but again this tablet doubles as a drawing tablet for your PC, so you have access to all the great tools that Photoshop has as well as access to all the android tools such as Sketchbook and others.
I have worked with Wacom for sometime and it truly is a godsend for any serious artist. Using a mouse to draw is all but useless and the results are often crude and sloppy. Not that people haven’t mastered it and created some very impressive works but it is still like drawing with a brick no matter how you slice it. Working any extended length of time with a mouse is surely going to result in some pain – not so with a drawing tablet.
I have the Wacom Intuos 4 drawing tablet and it gives you a familiar service as well as a pen that just feels so much more natural and comfortable in your hands, especially after hours of painting. You can switch out nibs to give you a different feel: a pencil, marker, and paint brush, and there is even a pen that acts like an airbrush. I should also add that I have been working with the same Wacom Intuos 4 for years and it is still going strong, and it has had its fair share of beatings. I do not have a case for it. So, not only is it not cheap in its price but also its usefulness and durability. It’s a fantastic piece of hardware.
But even drawing with my Wacom Intuos 4 proves disjointing at times since you are looking at one surface and drawing on another. It still outweighs the mouse by far though and I highly recommend even these types of drawing tablets but it could be better and that’s where this little beauty comes in, the Cintiq. It doubles as a second monitor so you can view your work as you apply brush to tablet. The companian goes even further and doubles as a tablet PC with Android. Now, that is awesome! I have yet to work with one of these, but I’m sure it is a delight to work with. But with its $1500 plus price tag, It’ll be awhile before I can get my hands on one, but it is in my future. If you have one, please share your thoughts on it; my readers and myself would appreciate it very much. Thanks!